Titans’ home to get $25M in upgrades
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:03 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans want to spend $25 million on new speakers, high-definition videoboards and elevators upgrading LP Field with most renovations completed by the start of the 2012 season.
The Titans announced their proposal Wednesday during a news conference at the publicly owned stadium. Though these are tough economic times, Don MacLachlan, executive vice president of administration and facilities, said the team put in a lot of work planning renovations that would improve the in-game experience for fans.
“We average over a million people coming through those turnstiles every year, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything in our power with the economy the way it is and the way that fans use their discretionary dollars that they’ll continue to come to LP Field because we have some state of the art upgrades going on in areas they’re seeing other stadiums have, yet it will improve their experience here at any event throughout the year,” MacLachlan said.
“It’s important for LP Field to be up to the standards of other NFL stadiums and what they’ve done around the country.”
The stadium cost $292 million when it opened in 1999 built through a combination of local and state money along with personal seat license fees, and MacLachlan said some items were stripped from the stadium to stay on budget.
That includes a total of 12 elevators, six on either side of the stadium, that can move 11,000 fans in an hour from ground level to the upper deck.
The plan must be approved by the Metro Davidson City Council and local sports authority because the Titans rent the stadium and take care of maintenance.
The Titans hope to have the plan approved by mid-December to start construction in January, working around any soccer games and the CMA Music Festival in June.
The plan would be paid for $2 per ticket user fee put into place two years ago as allowed by the original stadium agreement.
The Titans also want to raise that fee to the $3 maximum allowed to help pay for long-term improvements, such as replacing the current seats.
“The most important thing is the enhancement to the fans’ experience for any event coming to LP Field, and the fact the users are going to be paying for this, not the taxpayers,” Maclachlan said.
Other improvements include about 800 speakers scattered around the stadium, which currently has a bank of speakers in one end zone.
MacLachlan said they have had fan complaints that those below the speakers are going deaf while those in the other end zone can’t hear officials or the public address announcer.
Published in The Messenger 10.20.11